Publisher: Scholastic Press

Graphic Novel Review: Pande..

Graphic Novel Review: Pandemonium

Plot: I felt a little thrown into the story too fast. I expect graphic novels to progress quickly, but I felt like this one had too much all at once. I liked the idea of the plot, but it didn’t work timing wise. It’s a story also that has been done quite a bit. Characters: Seifer is an interesting character, but falls quickly into the heartthrob and now prince of the realm. He’s a little too like a Mary Sue, does everything that is righteous and is appreciated for it right off the bat. Seifer quickly shows he cannot impersonate […]

Posted March 11, 2012
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Book Review: First Day on E..

Book Review: First Day on Earth

I must admit, I picked this book up because it was so short and I was in the mood for a decent sci-fi novel without too much meat in it. Anger screams from page one. Mal is definitely full of teenage angst, the kind that makes you break windows and yell at people. He tries to deal with it himself, but keeps coming back to the root of the problem. Having been taken by aliens, he attends a support group where similar situations have happened. Hooper is one of the attendees, who he finds out is homeless and decides to […]

Posted February 23, 2012
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Book Review: Dark Souls

Book Review: Dark Souls

Spooky cover. Creepy summary. With Halloween just around the corner, it is time for the scary books to start coming out. Or at least this is what I hoped to find with Dark Souls.   Hmm…. where do I start? Dark Souls is the hardest to put into words book of the year. Usually, after finishing a book, I have a few candid thoughts. Such as, 'Book X was beautiful.' Or 'Man, book X really left me hanging with this plot thread or that plot thread.' But Dark Souls took my book contemplation to a whole different level. It was almost like […]

Posted October 3, 2011
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Book Review: Behind the Gat..

Book Review: Behind the Gates

Behind the Gates, at surface level, seemed like a different take for a Middle Grade read. I don't normally read heavily in the Middle Grade area, but something about this book called to me. However, even with my dystopian radar going strong, I didn't pick up that this was suppose to be a dystopian tale until about the end of the first chapter.   In the not so distant future, the United States is a war with the Alliance. A mysterious group that wants to take over control of the world for purposes that are quite unclear. During this unsettling […]

Posted August 23, 2011
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Book Review: Ashes, Ashes

Book Review: Ashes, Ashes

I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories, and this one looked really good. Definitely a fast-moving survival plot, involving natural disasters, the invasion of militant-like Sweepers stealing people whenever they please, and even some budding romance. It all revolves around Lucy, who decides to abandon her seclusive camp of the past few months when hunting dogs find her and a young man saves her and tells her about the group he stays with. She's reluctant, but when a tsunami takes over her camp, she's forced to higher ground and gravitates towards Aidan's camp – Hell's Gate. I really enjoyed getting to know Lucy. She […]

Posted May 20, 2011
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Book View: Gregor the Overl..

Book View: Gregor the Overlander

Short & Sweet: Another audiobook read that I found incredibly enjoyable. With adventure around every corner, Gregor the Overlander explores a world where humans and large rats are at war. Our hero Gregor has no interest in becoming the hero but must to protect his little sister and find his way back home. Final Verdict: An epic new series awaits me and I cannot wait to read more!

Posted January 11, 2011
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Book Review: The Healing Sp..

Book Review: The Healing Spell

This story centers around Livie – an 11 year old girl who carries a terrible secret inside of her after her mother has an accident and goes into a coma. She believes herself at fault and searches for a way to ease her guilt and to make things right by her mother, hoping to wake her up. But it's so much more than that as well. We get a glimpse inside the change from being a child to being a teenager – the romance, the responsibility and the wondering of who you really are. I really enjoyed this book – […]

Posted November 30, 2010
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Book Review: Mockingjay (sp..

Book Review: Mockingjay (spoiler-free)

Mockingjay, the last of the Hunger Games trilogy did not disappointment me in the least – besides it marking the end of a fantastic trilogy. Full of action and continued dystopian themes, I couldn't put this book down for long. I really like the way Collins wrapped up the series. The book played out in a way that will keep me thinking about the characters and world for a long time. The only thing I'm going to say – is someone I love dies and it really broke my heart. I'm also not quite certain that I like the way […]

Posted October 11, 2010
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